I created the original Life Clock in 2008. Recently I discovered a great little matrix kit here on tindie from Jollifactory. Since it really simplified construction and reduced cost, the original Life Clock was revamped and made into a kit.
Hardware-wise, it's a Arduino compatible board that attaches to one or more JolliFactory matrices. The board provides the MCU, battery backed time clock, external EEPROM (which holds the font and text), speaker, and the IR receiver for the included remote.
Software-wise it supports a chain of up to at least 3 JolliFactory matrices (although 2 is best), time setting controlled by the mini-remote, and support for an optional GPS.
Many of the functions can be seen in the video, but here is a thumbnail:
The kit includes all parts to build out the board, along with the remote. The software is preloaded, however the ability to load the Arduino sketch after personalizing is required. Not included are the JolliFactory matrices (see options), power source, optional GPS module, and case.
For more information, please see the Life Clock Build and User Guide linked on this page. This guide also provides the links to the current software.
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I've enjoyed electronics since I was a kid. I've enjoyed writing software since I was a young man.
(There was no software before then!)
I've always loved making things, and strangely, documenting them.
Well over a thousand people have built my Geiger counter kit.
Now it's time to make kits for other things I enjoy.